Preview: Houston at Central Florida

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 9, 2013
Where: Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, Florida


No. 21 Central Florida looks to claim its fourth consecutive victory when it hosts Houston on Saturday with first place in the American Athletic Conference on the line. The Knights, who have scored 100 total points in their last two games, bring a dynamic offense led by quarterback Brian Bortles. With 15 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season, Bortles has proven both efficient and lethal through seven games.

The Cougars, too, have one lone slip-up fading farther into the rear view mirror. They're coming off conference wins against Rutgers and South Florida and boast the 12th-best scoring offense in the country at 41.4 points per game. Freshman John O'Korn provides an equal if not stronger match for Bortles, having thrown for more yardage (2,121 yards) and touchdowns (22) with just four interceptions.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Central Florida -10.5

ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA (6-1, 3-0 AAC): Bortles has a strong rushing game to lean on, paced by Storm Johnson, who enters Saturday's contest with 114 rushes for 592 yards and nine touchdowns. The passing game though, ranked 29th in the nation, is more diverse. Six Knights wide receivers have at least 175 receiving yards and a touchdown this season, led by Breshad Perriman, who has 22 catches for 507 yards and a score.

ABOUT HOUSTON (7-1, 4-0): O'Korn's top target, Deontay Greenberry is already nearing the 1,000-yard plateau with 948 yards to go with 62 receptions and nine touchdowns. Daniel Spencer also has more receiving yards than the Cougars top rushing threat with 562 on 34 catches and five touchdowns. Ryan Jackson is Houston's leading rusher with 531 yards and five scores on 5.1 yards per carry.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Central Florida is ranked 20th nationally allowing 349.0 yards per game. 

2. Houston has i
ts first opportunity to automatically qualify for a BCS bowl by winning its conference.

3. The Cougars lead the nation with a plus-20 turnover margin and 29 turnovers gained.

PREDICTION: Central Florida 38, Houston 30

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Houston 7-1 W2 41.1 22.4 3-1 4-0 5-1 0-0 4-0
Central Florida 6-1 W3 37.0 19.3 2-1 4-0 3-1 0-0 3-0

Last Meeting

Houston Central Florida
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/5/10 UCF 40 HOU 33 535 201 334 525 231 294

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
HOU D. Piland 61.4 334 4 2
UCF J. Godfrey 78.9 294 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
HOU M. Hayes 20 113 5.6 0
UCF J. Godfrey 20 105 5.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
HOU P. Edwards 10 162 16.2 3
UCF J. Newsome 5 123 24.6 0
TDs Player TD
HOU P. Edwards 3
UCF J. Godfrey 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
HOU J. O'Korn 65.2 2121 22 4
UCF B. Bortles 67.2 1870 15 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
HOU R. Jackson 105 531 5.1 5
UCF S. Johnson 114 592 5.2 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
HOU D. Greenberry 62 948 15.3 9
UCF B. Perriman 22 507 23.0 1
TDs Player TD
HOU D. Greenberry 9
UCF S. Johnson 12

Quickchart Matchup

Houston Off vs  Central Florida Def
483.1 yards
349 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
8.4 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt
Central Florida Off vs  Houston Def
435.3 yards
430.2 yards
4.6 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
9 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Houston Overall Central Florida
7-1-0 W/L 6-1-0
7-1-0 ATS 6-1-0
5-3-0 O/U 3-4-0
41.1 Pts For 37.0
22.4 Pts Against 19.3
Houston A/H Central Florida
4-0 W/L 2-1
4-0-0 ATS 3-0-0
2-2-0 O/U 1-2-0
40.2 Pts For 41.7
20.2 Pts Against 17.3